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In The Tank (ep113) – Zombie Awareness Month, Free Speech Survey, Local Income Taxes

November 3, 2017

John Nothdurft and Donny Kendal present episode #113 of the In The Tank Podcast. Today’s podcast features work from the Cato Institute, the Illinois Policy Institute, the Washington Policy Center and the Reason Foundation.

John Nothdurft and Donny Kendal present episode #113 of the In The Tank Podcast. This weekly podcast features (as always) interviews, debates, and roundtable discussions that explore the work of think tanks across the country. The show is available for download as part of the Heartland Daily Podcast every Friday. Today’s podcast features work from the Cato Institute, the Illinois Policy Institute, the Washington Policy Center and the Reason Foundation.

Policybot Featured Work of the Week

This week's Policybot featured work is a report from the Cato Institute titled "The State of Free Speech & Tolerance in America: Attitudes About Free Speech, Campus Speech, Religious Liberty, and Tolerance of Political Expression." The study explores the views of Americans on a large amount of topics including censorship, media bias, religious liberty and much more. Donny and John discuss some of the results that surprised and didn't surprise them. 

Other Think Tank Works

Prior to the Policybot item, Donny and John talk about an article by the Illinois Policy Institute titled "October Marks Illinois' First-Ever 'Zombie Preparedness Month." The article outlines some of the problems the state is facing, explaining how legislators are wasting time talking about zombies. John and Donny talk about how they feel about prepping for potential disaster.

After the Policybot item, Donny and John talk about a Policy Note from the Washington Policy Center titled "Home Sellers and Small Business Owners Could Pay Seattle's New Income Tax." The piece explains how the tax will not just effect the rich as advocates suggest and how it is being fought in court. 

The last item Donny and John discuss is a study from the Reason Foundation titled "Which States Are Hiding the Most Pension Debt." Because of states using a variety of accounting practices, the scope of unfunded liabilities are often understated. This report shows which states are understating their liabilities the most. 

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Donny Kendal is a graphic designer for The Heartland Institute.
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John Nothdurft joined the staff of The Heartland Institute in May 2008 as Heartland's legislative specialist on budget and tax policy. He was named government relations director in November 2010.
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